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with an announcement that it will seek a fine against toyota of $16 million for failing to notify officials . starting as off is dave shepardson of "detroit news." many people saw the headline -- regulators seeking a fine of $16.40 million against toyota. the statement said "if upheld." why does it say that? >> toyota gets to formally denied decide whether it wants to appeal the fine. this is by far the largest ever find that nhtsa has sought to impose. the previous was $1 million against general motors in 2004. the amounts are symbolic, given that these are companies with hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue. $16 million is a rounding error for them. >> what happens next? have you heard from toyota? have you heard from toyota? if it goes@@@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ is there some history of fines against auto companies? >> it was not until 2000 that fines for increased to $15 million. there are going up at the rate of inflation. with the exception of that 2004 find against general motors, $1 million because they failed to notify nhtsa about when chilled wiper defects in 600,000 vehicles -- the evidence
against toyota of $16 million for failing to notify officials about the sticky pedals on its cars. we will talk about the role of nhtsa with several guests. we will include your phone calls and your twitter messages. we are going to hear from two former safety administration officials, dr. jeffrey runge, who served during the bush administration, and dr. ricardo martinez, who was nhtsa administrator for president clinton. in our last hour, we will get the auto industry perspective with dave mccurdy, and end with clarence ditlow. starting as off is dave shepardson of "detroit news." many people saw the headline -- regulators seeking a fine of $16.40 million against toyota. the statement said "if upheld." why does it say that? >> toyota gets to formally denied decide whether it wants to appeal the fine. this is by far the largest ever find that nhtsa has sought to impose. the previous was $1 million against general motors in 2004. the amounts are symbolic, given that these are companies with hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue. $16 million is a rounding error for them. >> what ha
and engine throttle. toyota, alone, i believe uses the better sensor on the engine throttle control, but the less reliable sensor on the accelerator pedal. i guess my question is why does toyota use at least concluded by some, a less reliable than most other manufacturers use? is it a cost issue or what has pushed toyota into that judgment? who could answer that question? >> yup. [speaking japanese] >> we never use a sensor less reliable because of the cost. [speaking japanese] >> we put together a system under which the two sensors do not really give out the same values at the same time. but so doing we could examine the validity of the signal of systems. >> all right. i'd like to inquire with a written question a little bit more about that subject. let me again make this point if i can, i think what you are saying to the committee is you're doing a lot to try to establish reliability, once again, i don't think think any question that everybody in the room has read the ratings over many, many years. toyota has been a brand of reliability and dependability and quality and so on. but
what the problem is. to predict defects, to catch them before they become major crises like toyota acceleration and ford explorer. if we had a international accident sampling system at the full design level of 19,000 crash we could have predicted defeats. we would have found them earlier. we wouldn't have them build up over 10 years before we get a recall and manufacturers like toyota suffer in their reputation. let's build the system. cutting corners on safety is no bargain for anyone, the consumers, manufacturers, or government. thank you. >> thank you, mr. ditlow. i will ask the first question and then senator wicker from mississippi who said he'll be back in time is acting today as the ranking member. and he will ask the second question, we will go on from there. mr. saski, last week, mr. lentz, the president of toyota motor sales usa testified that he had no authority so recall toyota vehicles sold in the united states when those vehicles have safety problems. now i believe either mr. inaba or uchiyamada were going to probe that. is that an rack rate -- an accurate statement a
." recent toyota recalls have questioned the government's enforcement auto safety standards, along with dave, president and ceo of the alliance of automobile manufacturers which represents toyota and detroit news reporter dave who covered the recent congressional hearings discuss federal oversight of car safety standards. we welcome your calls and tweets. it's underway at 8 p.m. eastern live on c san. and here's of portion of one of those recent corrosional hearings, starting with the opening statement of the executive vice president of the toyota corporation. >> my name is yew hiv yam da. i am the chief engineer for our company. i was fortunate to be the chief engineer of the first generation prius. i helped plan and develop the first hybrid in the world and this hybrid led over auto makers to realize they importance of environmentally-friendly technology. toyota testified to congress last year to show as the priority has traditionally been the point. first, 5th, second quality, third volume. our goal in developing generated technology isn't only to comprise with standards and to strive for
questioned about toyota last month. david strickland poke. here's part of that. >> chairman rush, ranking member and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the department of transportation's vision for the future of a national highway traffic safety administration and its safe -- and its important safety programs. transportation safety is department highest priority. n.h.t.s.a.'s safety programs are an interval part of addressing that priority. even before i was sworn in as administrator on january 4, i knew n.h.t.s.a.'s program worked. and they work well. we just released numbers that show a continuing dramatic reduction in the overall numbers of highway deaths. the secondary this morning released a report that projects that traffic fatalities have declined for the 15th consecutive quarter and will be 33,963 in 2009, the lowest annual level since 1954. but we must do more. the loss of more than 33,000 people represents a serious public health problem to our nation. we will not rest until that number is zero. so how do we get there? h
levied can send a message not just to toyota but around the world about how we are going to enforce our system. the american system versus the european system -- we rely on you to tell us the truth. in other countries to do tight specifications. you bring me a vehicle. we crash it and approve that type of vehicle. you may treat it a little bit. here, you self certify. i have the right as the administrator to take any car off your line at any time. if it does not meet standards, i can shut down your factory. in a capitalist marketplace that is a powerful tool. the recall apparatus is powerful to. they're saying they believe toyota did not tell the truth. you have to have that integrity for the system to work. >> a phone call from new york -- barbara. you are up. >> that you for taking my call. i have two questions. it seems there were sudden acceleration charges made against bmw a few years ago. i do not remember them being treated the same way toyota is being treated. my second question is -- as i understand it, it has not unproven that there is anything wrong with the cars yet. with na
that must now take account how to live their lives without him. >> toyota faces more trouble that could affect their bottom line in the form of historic fines. another car accident is being blamed on the accelerator problem. it will have more details later in our broadcast in our "consumer alert." >> a list of little bit of a sprinkle this morning. a couple of showers rolled through. they were not very heavy. it did not last long. check out the temperatures. this is more like a summer. 84 downtown. let us say it again. 84 degrees downtown. the normal high today is 61. at the airport it is 81. it is cooler down to the south. 85-88 generally, more like 88 and maybe even 89 downtown. we will flirt with a 90 degrees today and tomorrow. they are calling for a high of 90 in d.c.. morse on for at least one more day. details on another -- more sunshine poured least one more day. details on another front. >> thank you. legislatures have a lot of work to do is only a handful of bills have been passed. some believe this is an election year and politicians are playing it safe. we have more on the s
>>abirached: this week on world business... >>toyota lost its worldwide reputation for reliability after this year's humiliating recalls. so canthe company recover and if so how? >>sales are down, the brand perception is down . . . they are already worried about how their image will be impacted in china. >>a new take on teaching - the education entrepreneurs shaking up the school system in the us >>things that the old system perhaps took for granted and didn't challenge the new entrepreneurs arestarting to challenge. >>and how one man and his dog changed the fortunes of a tiny cheese factory in northern england >>grommit, that's it, cheese. >>abirached: hello and welcome. i'm raya abirached and this is world business, your weekly insight into the global business trends shaping our lives. so far 2010 has been a disastrous year for toyota,with mechanical and electronic faults plaguing its vehicles, including steering problems, sticky gas pedals, suspect brakes and runaway electronic throttles. so what went wrong with this flagship japanese company and can toyota recover? >>reporter:
for auto safety. let me begin with the toyota possibility of getting a fine of $64 million from nhtsa. >> it is a well-deserved fine. first of all, toyota brag about saving $100 million in the format -- in the floormat recall. the imposition financially is peanuts. but it is a symbolic message more than a dollar a message. >> if it is peanuts, does congress me to increase the amount that nhtsa is allowed to find? >> absolutely. one judge imposed a $2.40 billion fine last year. the epa has an unlimited cap. if we matched the epa, it would be $25,000 a vehicle, and no cap whatsoever. >> and that is why nhtsa came forth with an unprecedented amount. >> toyota knew the system. they withheld information from the agency. it made the agency look like a regulator that was not very effective. that is really because it does not have the resources and it does not have the legal tools that it needs. when toyota took advantage of that, the agency had no choice but to levy the maximum fine. >> what should congress do to give it what it needs? >> what congress needs to do is to increase the budget b
is that the authority to recall vehicles at toyota rests with people in japan. there is concern within congress that someone in the united states should have an authority. that is something i think foreign companies will potentially object to. i think there will be more requirements on safety devices like break shift override and event data recorders and hiking fines, potentially making the penalties topper -- even criminal penalties for an executive that knowingly failed to recall a vehicle. they did not go that far in 2000. but there is so much outrage in congress. i think there is going to be some action. it is a question of how long that takes. in 2000, the tragic act -- v tead acthe tread act passed in a matter of weeks. >> coming up next, your phone calls, your twitter messages, and we will talk to former nhtsa administrator is -- dr. jeffrey runge and dr. ricardo martinez. first, we want to show more testimony from the current administrator at a house oversight subcommittee last month, where he was questioned by two congressmen about nhtsa oversight and current subpoena power. >> there h
in the days and weeks to come on this issue of toyota and investigations overall? >> where to begin. first, they have brought in at nasa and the national academy of sciences to investigate sudden acceleration. the first one is going to take 15 months looking at whether cosmic radiation or other issues could be at issue. the other is to look at the broader issue -- what is the cause of sudden acceleration, not just in toyota but in others? they're going to continue looking at those 70,000 documents and decide whether toyota followed the rules on the other recalls. they are also looking at complaints on the toyota corolla. you have a multitude of investigations. you also see nhtsa being much quicker to investigate other problems. they just opened a preliminary investigation of 6 million gm vehicles for breaking issues. the other thing we have seen at least three times in the last month -- automakers have stopped selling vehicles were they did not have a fix, which was very rare before. >> transportation secretary ray lahood talked about the investigation going forward in february before a ho
is doing on the eve of his formal introduction. the government is telling toyota to pay up for knowingly hiding a dangerous defect. >> of live, and then h. d., this is abc7 breaking news. >> breaking news coming in from west virginia were dozens of rescuers are searching at this hour to find missing miners after an explosion. we are monitoring the new developments. jay, what have you learned? >> we are 30 miles west of charleston west virginia. teams are working to find and free more than one dozen trapped monday afternoon, an explosion rocked the energy company in raleigh county west virginia. safety officials at the scene say that the underground explosion killed seven workers and injured others and has left 19 miners and accounted for. at 9 rescue teams have converged on the site to help find survivors. >> we have rescue teams that are underground and advancing as quickly as possible towards the locations that we think the miners should be located. >> all we can do is come together and pray. we are all coal mining families. >> investigators say that it is too early tonow the cause of
, but the reputation. >> what will be the impact on toyota's image? >> they have real bland loyalty with consumers -- real brand loyalty with consumers. i think they survived, they addressed the problems. recalls are part of a regulatory model that works, because even though there has been an increase in the number of recalls. it is a way to remedy potential defects much sooner than otherwise would be the case. >> how do you think the other car companies are going to react? >> it is a process. there really develop a cooperative, working relationship. the underlying case, like what both a doctor runge and dr. martinez were talking about, they talked about saving lives. it is lower than it was in 1954. they really are making vehicles safer. that is a time when the number of drivers have actually doubled, so there is n nhtsa as a success story -- has a success story here. >> there's an expectation that this is an electronic issue, not necessarily a pedal defect as toyota has said. if it is an electronic issue, to electronic companies need to come forward with their software codes and tell the public
that occur. with toyota, the fact that we are seeing the same sort of issues from other cars from other manufacturers makes you think it could be it is not a floor mat. it could be that there is something in the software or electromagnetic, as nasa is looking at. . . that is where you find if you disregard something that is not in the facts, you could be labeled that you are ignoring. that is not the case. they like to go out and get the problem and solve it. >> we're taking your phone calls this evening about federal oversight. if you want to send this a tweet, go to twittered not, -- twtiter -- twitter.com. >> i just had two quick questions to ask you. did it affect the asian market like it affected the asian market? -- like it affected the u.s. market? is it the sub part parts coming from the asian market? it is not like american steel? >> i do not have the answer of how this has affected the market out of the united states. i would imagine that what is happening is a reflection of what is happening around the world. maybe not with the degree of enthusiasm, but if it is a systemic pr
information. the problem is, the toyota thing in some of these others, [inaudible] the auto industry has@@@@@@@ br$ and the auto industry has put in and -- about giving the codes out so that people can get the correct information. >> dr. martinez? >> well, you know, it is true. at general motors, we first learned about the chip onboard from general motors. we did a crash investigation that cost us $14,000. very concerned. the gentleman had almost pulled out to seat belt. we figured there was a defect. we calculated $14,000. a 22-26-mile-per-hour crash. this thing shouldn't fail. general motors, it turn out the crash was 56 miles an hour. we said where did you do that? we have to put this information in. general motors has always allowed and i think ford, too, to allow anybody to download the information. the other companies, some have said this is proprietary information. they could talk about things like whether they had the brake on or not and speed and things like that. . sh re been concerns about the integrity of the box. if you look at the emergency medical service prov
department is using toyota to drive home a point to all automakers. it is facing a record-setting fine for not notifying the government quick enough about defective gas pedals. here are more details. >> good morning. transportation secretary ray lahood says his agency has proved that toyota knew about the sticky gas pedal last fall, but did not issue a recall until january of this year. in the middle of an advertising blitz shifting public opinion, to yield to get slapped with a record $16.4 million fine. it is the maximum possible and the largest ever for waiting too long to alert authorities in drivers that sticky gas pedals could be a safety problem. >> oracle is to make sure that the vehicles are 100% safe. >> secretary ray lahood announced it monday, after millions of recalls of toyota vehicles. the president of toyota tried to explain what led to the defect in several vehicles. >> [unintelligible] >> the fine is all about being too slow. the agency says it has proved that toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations. he says they knowingly hid a dangerous defect four months
's again before the end of the season. >> a fallout with congress could cost toyota a hefty fine. the government wants the company to pay after failing to disclose information about all to gas pedals. they will pay a record $16.4 million. executives are probably thinking less about what is in their bank accounts and more about what a fine could do to their image. correct toyota knew back sean -- on -- >> toyota the back on september 29 about the pedals. >> we will have more on the possible funds coming up. >> in session 2010, it is down the next few days for legislators to battle on the floor. only 43 pieces of legislation has passed. jennifer franciotti is live with details on bills still on the floor. >> it is going to be a very busy week. a lot of unfinished business. the house has passed 15 pieces of legislation. the senate has passed 28. they will resume debate on ninth gang bill. some believe the definition -- debate on the a gang bill. some believe the definition is too broad. they also will look at cell phone bills. the senate is trying to decide on pieces of sex offender
, many are dead and missing. >>> maximum penalty, the government fines toyota for hiding safety defects. >>> earthquake in southern california. does this mean the next big one is coming? >>> and tiger returns. tiger woods at the masters talking about drugs, injuries and the reaction of the crowds. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight, we begin with breaking news. a mine disaster in west virginia. at least half a dozen miners confirmed dead. many more are missing. david muir has been taking in all the lateers reports. >> reporter: we just got off the phone with the west virginia state police. they confirm the explosion happened at the massey energy upper big branch mine. that is south of charleston. here are the numbers as they're coming into the associated press. x miners killed. 21 unaccounted for. just within the last couple of days, the top federal agency that looks into the mine safety in this country said more needed to be done since sago. the high tech equipment that was called for in these mines in case of accidents like these. now we have this. >> of course 12 people
>> shepard: brand new trouble for toyota. now word of an email before the vehicle recall and it is revealing. plus, new developments in the race to save the miners. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. >> coal mine something a way of life for our families around here. >> shepard: when disaster strikes, folks here pull together. >> these are very, very strong people. >> shepard: crews have drilled. >> they cut through 1,093 feet. >> they have signaled. >> we banged on the pipe for 15 minutes or so. >> shepard: and all the while families have waited for news. >> it's just a sad situation. >> shepard: tonight, the latest development in the disaster at the mine. plus, leader vs. leader. tonight, reports of a simmering feud between president obama and the afghan president harmid karzai. all of this while tens of thousands of american troops are over there fighting a war first from fox this wednesday night, coal mining, it's connected to each and every one of us across this great nation. according to government accounts, half of the electricity we use in this country comes f
remain unstable. meteorologists. >> toyota has agreed to pay a maximum fine rather than go to court. t.j. winnick has more. >> according to the federal parliament, toyota knew about the problems of sudden accelerations and the brake pedals by september, but waited until january to tell regulators. later today the automobile giant agreed to pay a $16.4 million fine, for the maximum civil penalty allowed. >> this is a black eye for toyota because it shows the company did not care about safety, that it covered up the issue in the united states. >> while the company is likely to admit no wrongdoing, by paying the full civil penalty, it is accepting responsibility for hiding the safety defect in violation of law. >> it was once considered invincible and has taken a fall. >> its chief executive testified before congress and insisted the company had not tried to hide anything. >> in the name of the company, it has a longstanding tradition of pride, we never run away from problems or pretend not to notice them. >> federal officials say they would have levied a fine of $14 billion, had it been
in utah. >>> toyota says it hasn't been notified about a multimillion dollars fine from the u.s. government. sources say the government is proposing 16 and a half million dollars in fines for toyota, saying the car maker failed to quickly alert regulate% a dangerous defect with gas pedals in millions of its vehicles. once that fine is handed down toyota has two weeks to accept or contest it. >>> police are investigating a fatal car crash in northeast baltimore overnight. these are photos by a wjz freelancer. a single vehicle crashed at more ravian road and sinclair line. one person is dead. one other person was take to be johns hopkins hospital. we have no word on their current condition at this hour. >>> at the state house in annapolis, time running out to pass much talked about pieces of legislation including tougher laws against sex offenders. right now it looks like that might not happen. andrea fujii is live with the latest. >> good morning andrea. >> reporter: good morning everyone. there are nearly half a dozen pieces of legislation waiting to the be voted on, strengthe
>>> on our broadcast this monday night, the max, the feds hit toyota with the maximum possible fine for those defective gas pedals. is this the beginning. >>> game on. tiger woods gets ready for the masters and meetshe press. >>> shakeup. a california earthquake hits southern california. how bad was it and what is to come. >>> and the underdogs. they seemingly came out of nowhere. tonight they play for all the marbles and now you will know their names. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a breaking news story out of west virginia where there has been an accident and apparent explosion in a coal mine. getting coal out of the ground is a daily part of life in that part of the country. it appears disaster has struck the mining industry once again. ron allen has been following this story since the first word of possible loss of life and miners trapped underground. >> reporter: it is difficult to tell exactly what has happened. an explosion in a coal mine can be a difficult and deathly situation. 21 miners are unaccount
-filled saga. the misery grows for people living in airports. >>> record fine. the government charges toyota with the largest penalty ever for failing to come clean. >>> and rescuing city's landmarks before they're gone for good. >>> good morning, thanks for being with us on this monday morning. on this fifth day of the crippling aviation shutdown, signs that things could be slowly returning to normal. >> yeah, several countries have already reopened airspace this morning. half the scheduled flights will be able to take off. this after the airlines ran test flights into the ash reporting no problems. but still spewing 750,000 tons a second. >> showing the haze covering most of the continent. let's begin this morning's coverage right in the thick of it. sonia gallego has the latest developments from london. good morning, sonia. >> good morning, vinita, officials here attempt to flesh out a solution for the air travel chaos. >> reporter: it's the largest air traffic shut down in britain since world war ii. >> no planes or nothing. >> reporter: the committee known as cobra convened to discuss a
. >>> more trouble for toyota. the automaker stops selling one of its luxury brands over safety concerns. >>> and against all odds. a florida girl, missing for four days, is found in an alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my wife, and gosh. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan. a series of strong and deadly earthquakes struck western china this morning. at least 300 people are dead, thousands of others are injured and unaccounted for. they're buried under collapsed buildings. peter sharpe of britain's sky news reports from beijing. >> reporter: this was a particularly strong earthquake. it measured 6.9 on the richter scale, and it struck at one of the most remote, inhospitable and rugged parts of china in the west of the country. it was followed, the first earthquake, was followed by 18 aftershocks. and the local residents were reduced to scrambling through the rubble using their hands and shovels in the first hours after the quake, trying to reach hundreds, tho
la culpabilidad y los móviles racistas del acusado. >>> la toyota, con más problema rs la lexus tendría problemas de estabilidad se recomienda no comprarla 6789 6789 este es su noticiero univision con jorge ramos y desde méxico maría elena salinas . >>> qué tal, buenas noches el gobierno mexicano no iba a revelar, pero se filtró un informe indica que más de 22 mil personas han muerto desde que el presidente calderón lanzó ofensiva, el año pasado ha sido el más violento el problema no cesa y como nos dice edgar muñoz entre los nuevos objetivos están los consulados en méxico. >>> luego del estallido de una granada que causó cristales rotos en ventanas y susto de empleados la noche del viernes pasado >>> gracias a dios lo abrieron y aquí estamos tenemos cita a las 11 ahorita. >>> carlos pascual embajador de estados unidos en méxico dijo que aún no se ha dado con los culpable y que el gobierno mexicano reforzará la seguridad. >>> podamos mantener la seguridad del consulado no solamente para el personal y también porque vienen cientos de mexicanos todos los días p
black eye for toyota, this time for one of its long-term champions. the slams the new lexus suv. we'll discuss what this means for the brand. >>> from consolidation to carry-on lcarry hf - carry-luggage fees. the president and ceo of virgin america will join us. >>> all right, well kmp back to "the call." i'm melissa francis. let's get you caught up on where the markets are trading right now. s&p 500 trading to the down side about 0.03%. the dow also trading on the down side, almost flat on the session, about 0.10% below that 11,000 mark right now and nasdaq on the down side. a little more than 0.10%. european markets getting ready for their close and right now all of them in the down, as well. the cac down by 11 points. >>> lots going on in the airline sector including increased consolidation. of course, charging for carry-on luggage as airlines scramble to find new sources. joining us right now to discuss, we have virgin america president and ceo david cush. first of all, your thoughts on this increased consolidation we're seeing and how that will affect you and your business. >>
are switching from nuclear warheads to nuclear cars. we are going to an e-mail from a toyota executive sent before the recall saying the company is trying to hide the acceleration problems. toyota's response, we admit to doing a poor job of communication, but here is the question, how long did toyota know about this before it became public? who has an idea on that one? >> i think the crime is that they covered it up. i think if you had a problem, whether it was five days as some of the recent correspondence indicates, or two months, it's too much time. if there were drivers on the road that were not safe, toyota has a problem, and it's a huge problem. >> but it's a question that i cannot answer. if i am correct, toyota sales were up, not down, up, about 40%. so do consumers not want brakes? how does it work? >> it took a 9% dip when the information came out, and then a jump up to 40%, huge earnings and a very different situation. it will be governed by the market, do americans still trust toyota, and then the deals toyota was offering, and i think they could continue to do so. >> the fine b
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those words with an announcement that it will seek a fine against toyota of $16 million for failing to notify officials . starting as off is dave shepardson of "detroit news." many people saw the headline -- regulators seeking a fine of $16.40 million against toyota. the statement said "if upheld." why does it say that? >> toyota gets to formally denied decide whether it wants to appeal the fine. this is by far the largest ever find that nhtsa has sought to impose. the previous was $1 million against general motors in 2004. the amounts are symbolic, given that these are companies with hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue. $16 million is a rounding error for them. >> what happens next? have you heard from toyota? if it goes to court, how long would the process take? >> toyota has two weeks to respond and say they will pay the fine or challenge it. nhtsa has to decide if it is going to uphold the fine. if toyota continues to challenge it, they will go to the district court to get a job to uphold it. that process could take several months if toyota decides to fight it. >> the tra
by toyota. an important message for toyota owners there has been a lot of people wondering about toyota recalls, get the facts and information at toyota.com. >>> all right. let's go out to the ronster. right now. >> reporter: good morning, don and marty. what a beautiful morning in baltimore. that is for sure. we are in front of one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the fell's point recreation pier, it's almost 100 years old. of course changes are coming. interesting changes. a $45 million project that will bring a hotel here to one of baltimore's most popular neighborhoods. >> the fell's point recreation pier is one of baltimore's signature buildings. built in 1914, it once served as a community center. there were dances and basketball games. it's just been sold for $2 million. to local developer j joseph clark and h and s properties which built harbor east. a 132 room hotel is on the way. >> there will be a new hotel here on two levels inside, and the interior will be open to the sky. >> reporter: tourists stop here every day. the building doubled as a police station for th
. >>> [inaudible] this time toyota is calling -- recalling their sienna minivan. they were sold in 20 states, including maryland, virginia and the district. toyota says cables could break and create a road hazard. for more informations, log onto our web onto our wjla.com. this latest recall comes as a house committee says it will hold another hearing on toyota's other problems. it will be next month on the sudden acceleration problems. toyota says it found no evidence of any electronic problems and they attribute the problem -- >>> frustration is growing in iceland and our area after volcanic ash is forcing airlines to ground airplanes. is not getting any easier for stranded passengers. it is a different -- dangerous situation for people living there. the volcano is awake. the multiple directions melting huge chunks of ice and flooding farmland's with money ice. >> i think the big one will be the next one. >> the ash has been blanketing europe's airspace, but roads are closed and the ash cuts through everything. >> i have been living here since i was born, so the mountain is my friend. >> i
their jobs back. the equation and doing just that. another toyota setback. now seven is on your side with the more serious decision tonight. a student beaten by police. tonight, why this may be the start of problems for a troubled police force in the spotlight again. this is abc 7 news at 11:00 p.m. >>> a serious budget shortfall disappears and more than 260 teachers say they want their jobs back. we begin with the outrage kicked up over the math at some d.c. public schools that led to a $34 million surplus. jay korff is live with the information. what is the story. >> efforts are underway as we speak through the legislative process at city hall to get those hired -- get this fire teachers reinstated. michelle rhee stated she will not reinstate those fired teachers. she blames this latest development on an accounting error. some education advocate. >> you have to be kidding me. >> i am furious. >> and d.c. council members. they are livid after hearing that the school system is running a $34 million surplus, when in october michelle rhee fired 266 teachers due to a $433 million budge
have similar problems like we have seen with toyota that consumers do not know about? >> every manufacturer has a problem. in terms of unintended acceleration, toyota is far and away -- they can't explain what goes wrong, and the government has done investigations with no for it -- floormat. it comes down to electronics. toyota hasn't gotten to the bottom of that, and it does not make sense. >> mark in new york, go ahead. >> am i on? >> you are, go ahead. go ahead with your question or comment. >> i wanted asked about the new cars they had today. i know they have in your bodies and they are small. but i want to know, how come they don't make any cars like he 225 -- the 225 that had the long bodies? . . >> you was on a dirt road, turning onto pavement and as he turned about 15 or 20 miles per hour, thankfully, he did not hit anything because there was nothing to hit. he did not go over a bump, nothing. we immediately -- his airbag went off. onstar came on. i almost took that same truck and would have been out on a double highway if i was in the same situation. he had started t i
that toyota is fined by the federal government of $16.4 billion for not notifying them, and that is the largest fine ever. so we are seeing a dip, but there are recovery in shares of toyota, but nonetheless, that is a significant story, and again, wrapping up the headline, the dow jones industrial average inching so closely to dow 11,000, a place it has not been since september of 2008. however, it with elusive on this day, maria. >> thank you, scott. a big day for energy. oil prices surging past $86 a barrel, and heavy volume as well, and here is sharon epperson at the nymex with that story and this is another one that won't quit, sharon. >> right. since october of 2008 have we seen prices at these levels. when you look at oil prices over the last week and month, you will see how we broke out of the recent range and decidedly so and where are the oil prices headed? well, almost every analyst says little technical resistance to where we are to $90 a barrel. you add to that the fact of positive economic data on jobs and pending home sales today and service sector and man
to flame. all four tires exploded in takeoff. >>> toyota is announcing they have a record fine posted. toyota is improving steps to improve communications with regulator. the government accused toyota of hiding dangerous safety problems with the vehicles. toyota announced today they'll recall 13,000 vehicle in south korea due to problems with floor mats. >>> shuttle discovery is running into problems after a communication antenna failed. that leaves seven astronauts without away to sent or receive large chunks of information. nasa's mission control says it shouldn't pose any danger. >>> on earth it turn out to be a great spring for strawberry lovers. the cold winter delayed florida's crops with california's crops. now they are flooding the market. in some places they are half of this time last year. >>> still ahead on eyewitness new at noon, take a live look outside. please stay tuned. marty will be back in two and a half minutes with the first weather warning forecast. >>> we are coming right back. >>> we are coming right back. here's a look at t t,, allergies? chlor-trimeton. hey, o
in this area. still to come on abc 7 news at noon. the government collects a record fine from toyota. the latest on the troubles of toyota. heading home? not yet. the shuttle discovery is still in space. >> the american taxpayer ought not to be charged for and won the from the got itself into trouble. >> will the democrats plan leave taxpayers on the hook? a new crackdown turns into a fight on the hill. it is a cooler day today. >> tens of thousands of people filled the streets in krakow to say a final goodbye to the president and his first lady. the winter the streets for a state funeral and burial. the ash cloud kept a number of world leaders from attending, including president obama. the defense secretary robert gates has a memo that he wrote, says it was not a week a call to the white house. the january memo set off a scramble within the obama administration. but gates says it only identifies steps that should be taken in defense planning. after the white house increase pressure on iran -- he says that no one to think that iran can get to washington off guard. >>> two leaders are
federal stimulus money? we will tell you. plus, toyota is facing more penalties from the u.s. government. what is one of the number of missteps for the automaker. 11 new restaurant in the area will be hit with both old and young. >> we have rain and snow up in the mountains on the doppler is a cold start to the weekend. your 70 forecast is coming up. right now, we are down to 46. winds are >> tonight, the government is considering another fine for toyota. at toyota is already facing a fine of more than $60 million for failing to alert officials of the problem. more than 200 lawsuits have been filed against toyota. believe it will mushroom into one of the biggest liability cases ever. >> in our economy report, the state is estimating that 40% went to minorities. 25% of the $600 million received only $85 million. a strong finish to the week on wall street. the dow finished up more than 70 points and even touched the 11,000 mark for the first time since september 2008. lows of just short of the 11,000 mark. -- it closed just short of the 11,000 mark. >> governor marco malley is getting mary
to reopen. >> today toyota will announce whether it will pay up. good morning washinton begins right now. >> live, and in high definition, this is abc 7's good morning washington, on your side. >> good monday morning, washington. i am doug mcelway. >> i am natasha, in for alison starling. let's go to meteorologist brian van de graaff. >> temperatures in the 30's in the outlying suburbs. a frost advisory. in the immediate metro area the growing season begins on april 15. in the 30's in middletown. 44 degrees in springfield. 44 in college park. west of the city from fairfax and loudoun and prince william, there's a trust advisory until 8:00 this morning. mid afternoon it will be in the mid 60's and much more comfortable. -- frost advisory. >> their clearing overnight construction. north into baltimore and out to the airport are good. let's take you live across the potomac river at the american river bridge, moving nicely on this side of the beltway. back to the news desk. >> our top story, two students shot at a maryland college, one of them fatally. both were from the metro region. we are
to the fine that nhtsa is seeking against toyota -- $16.40 million? >> if the evidence points to the fact that toyota was withholding information from regulators and the public it is appropriate. that fine level is relatively new. it is a new authority from the tread act that was passed in response to the ford at firestone issue -- the ford firestone issue. before that, the fine was down in the hundreds of thousands. we were the first ones to cross that million dollar barrel. ford was slow to report a windshield wiper defect that was a safety threat. going to $16 million, to the full extent of the law, sends a message to the industry that they are serious. >> i read one critics saying that "toyota embarrassed the agency and that is where this is coming from." what do you think? >> the agency's mission oriented. it does not have all of the tools it might need. it is usually outgunned by the global industry. this was critic for a national industry. we transitioned to a global industry. it is trying to maintain the rules. what you do is you find people who have gone over the rules and you ho
speed. there's a look at putty hill avenue. this traffic report is brought to you by toyota. an important message for toyota owners. to get the facts and latest information visit toyota.com. >>> and let's go out to ron right now with a baltimore tradition. >> reporter: yes, it is. how are you doing on this good friday? we're doing well. this is strowski's famous polish sausage. we're at fells point. probably within a couple of hours, there's going to be a long line here, folks lining up to get the famous strowski's toll lisch sausage -- polish sausage. it's been a baltimore tradition for nearly a century now. the king is inside working as we speak. a lot of people use this. they have special recipes for easter and it goes in the easter baskets and they're taken to church where they are blessed. it's a real great baltimore tradition. and everybody we talk to in line, they've got a different recipe. everybody's things are passed down from generation to generation. it's fascinating to watch and they will be busy here all day. >> i have a quick question, maybe you don't know th
business, all segments of our business and all geographic areas. so it's very comprehensive. >> toyota is a big brand for the autonation brand. clearly that was taken out of the mix in february. how did it behave in march and what dow expect from the toyota brand for autonation. >> well, what we saw with this crisis was that the fundamental trust and confidence that toyota customers had in the brand and the product toyota remained. and the american people are very forgiving. but they would like a gesture. so we communicated to toyota at the end of february that some level of incentive was appropriate considering the circumstances. and they came with a very nice program. and toyota customers responded dramatically to it. for us, our toyota business was up 38% in march compared to a year ago. >> how have your ford dealers been behaving. >> ford's done very well, up 40% for the entire quarter so it's very impressive number. ford accrued a dramatic brand goodwill from the american people by not taking a government bailout. then they had extraordinary products there ready and waiting. becau
by toyota. an important message for toyota owners, there's a lot of people wondering about the recalls. get the facts and information at toyota.com. >> and marty, thank you. >> and the ronster at the first mariner arena. >> well, you look fabulous. >> yes, the barnum & bailey's circus. >> we have todd here. how are you. >> i'm great. >> where are you from >> >> columbus, ohio. >> yeah, and the circus is in town. >> yes, the 139th edition. >> she's an old lady. >> yes. she is. >> i want to talk about these guys. let's come back live here. this is the chi chi har acrobatic group. come to see us and you'll see them 25 feet in the air and doing amazing routines on moving ships. how do they do this. the practice has to be unbelievable. >> it's all about eating twinkies and kool-aid. >> well, it doesn't work for me. we'll talk about the preshow all access. it's phenomenal. >> what you're seeing them now, you'll see it up close and personal if you go to the clown college preshow. it happens an hour before the show and you get to meet the stars and you can take home an asian elephant painting. a gi
employers are expected to attend. >> in the daily toyota update, they'll fork over millions of dollars of cash to the government. toyota agreed to pay a fine of $16 million the government says that the auto maker delayed a recall over gas pedals and toyota has until today to contest or accept the fine. >> hours from landing or possibly a day. the astronauts are watching the skies below them this morning. they're watching mission control and bad weather in florida could prevent the shuttle from touchingdown today. here's the latest from wjz-13. >>> >> reporter: discovery will touchdown with 2 1/2 tons of trash and discarded equipment from international space station. it was a mission with unexpected challenges including a faulty valve and a jammed latch. >> we've literally had blow after blow come at us and we've handled each one in smart fashion. >> reporter: stephanie wilson used this robotic arm to overcome this problem with the giant storage bin after the latch stuck. >> good job, ladies. >> reporter: nasa is going to fix it with a future space walk and three space walks upgraded eq
. sales of ford's "f" series picked up. they had marched increases. and even the toyota tundra sought its march sales jumped 94%. -- saw it'ss march sales jumped 94%. here is a bloomberg business report. >> another sign of improvement in the labour market. home depot is adding jobs for the first time in four years. they are anticipating a rebound in sales. heather -- healthy demand for paint is one reason. the treasury department is made more than $10 billion in profits. it may end up losing money on the tarp program. stocks continued to climb higher yesterday. growth in the service industry was seen. the local bloomberg maryland and that also saw a gain. an aluminum giant will have thousands of dollars in charges. a report of next week. other carriers are charging 13% more for the travel season. the average round-trip fare jumped four rockets $71 from 4 rogers $15 years ago. -- $471 from $415 years ago. but hotel rates are still cheap this summer. wbal tv 11 news. >> millions of women suffer from migraines that can be brought on from a variety of triggers such as food, stress, lack of sl
. >> shepard: nothing you can do about that in just the past 24 hours, toyota announced another recall, its second in a week. it also agreed to pay the largest fine ever for a car company for fail to tell regulators about problems with sticking gas pedals. that's, of course, on top of the 8 million vehicles toyota has already recalled. it may look like a public relations disaster. but, as it turns out, sales are up. drivers are still buying to its. phil keating is live in our florida newsroom tonight. what's the deal here? >> well, shep, one big reason that toyota's u.s. sales in march jumped 41% over march '09 was historic buyer incentives worth about $2,300 per vehicle. yet, every toyota customer we spoke with, one after another, said good toyota news or bad toyota news it just doesn't matter. they just love the brand. >> jeff, call on 700. >> you could call leann mcgrapth toyota's quintessential customer. >> it's nice. >> she says she has owned six or seven to its so far. her two sons own to its. and now she is shopping for another one. >> i just feel they are safe. they are proven time
-- governor o'malley. >>> another headache for toyota this morning. >> toyota is temporarily putting the breaks on the sales of that suv. >>> the pace of foreclosures picking up. but the weather is picking up. a nice day today. >>> a beautiful day today. temperatures down to 43 degrees. we're pretty much on target with normal. but we'll jump above normal into the 70s this afternoon. you can follow the wakeup window at the bottom of the screen. let's go to the mta and check in with mark jones. >> reporter: good morning. you'll find the buses, a heavy involve passengers on the 13, seven, and 19 bus lines. light rail and the metro subway right on schedule and the mark train system no reported. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones. if you've taken your sleep aid and you're still fighting to sleep in the middle of the night, why would you go one more round using it ? you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta. lunesta is different. it keys into receptors that support sleep, setting your sleep process in motion. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. when takin
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